SIR Keir Starmer doubtless thought he was being exceedingly smart in recruiting Sue Gray, who compiled the so-called Partygate Report into lockdown goings-on in Downing Street that heralded the end for the beleaguered Johnson administration during the summer of 2022.
Those of us who see through the Starmer facade, however, can quickly recognise that it’s another instance of him being too clever by half. This is the man who led the campaign for a Second Referendum on EU membership, who hawked his way round Brussels and other European capitals intent on urging the EU to be as tough and as difficult as possible with the UK in its negotiations to leave it, assuring European leaders that the 2016 Leave victory would be blocked and overturned, who spent two General Elections with a straight face urging UK voters to vote for Jeremy Corbyn to be the next Prime Minister of the UK, and on becoming Labour Party leader himself immediately initiated proceedings to expel that same Jeremy Corbyn from the Labour Party and replace him with a new Labour candidate when the next General Election occurs.
Sadly however, not everyone can see through Starmer as definitively as the Bath publican who refused to serve him and chased him out of his pub in 2021.
So despite the shenanigans of recent days, we still have to face the dreaded reality of a Starmer Government. What would life be like under such an administration? Just as important, who does Starmer regard as his priority to serve?
According to his shadow foreign secretary David Lammy, the UK will be a land of milk and honey. Britain will have the highest sustained growth in the G7, he proclaims. That will be achieved while also ‘accelerating to Net Zero’, building an NHS fit for the future, making streets safe and breaking down barriers to opportunity.
Lofty, and dare I say it, contradictory aspirations. So where are the details?
Starmer’s recent trip to Davos to parley with the WEF probably yields more than a few glimpses into how life will be under a Starmer Government.
Starmer certainly made it clear that he attached far greater importance to Davos than Westminster. Rather the billionaires’ annual networking convention than tiresome Westminster debates or questioning. Not much chance then of any deviation from the Davos agenda by Starmer as this short extract from a UK Column broadcast shows, allowing us to hear it from the lips of the master himself, so that nobody need be in any doubt:
No doubt Starmer’s friends in Davos were delighted to hear him declare that any new investment in North Sea gas and oil would be halted. Oil and gas have a role to play, he declared, but only as part of transitioning to Net Zero. He couldn’t have been more explicit, stating: ‘Not new investment, not new fields up in the North Sea, because we need to go towards Net Zero, we need to ensure that renewable energy is where we go next.’
Starmer’s shadow chancellor, Rachel Reeves, was also in Davos to back up his Net Zero objective. No respite then for hard-pressed British energy consumers, already burdened with soaring bills just trying to keep themselves warm during the winter, especially when Starmer has come out against the proposed new colliery near Whitehaven in Cumbria too.
Equally, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation need have no fears of being sidelined. The next Labour Government regards them as important partners and will be only too keen to do their bidding.
Starmer’s shadow minister for equalities, Anneliese Dodds, highlighted another future Labour Government priority, namely a new Racial Equality Act to add to the excess of box-ticking requirements throughout all sectors of society.
Expect more jobs, particularly in the public and corporate sectors, for which white people are told not to apply. Expect, too, more falling standards so that it is easier to employ the required number of box-tickers, and of course yet more posts created for woke commissars to enforce it all. When once respected institutions no longer work it will not take much delving to find out why. Those already being pushed to the margins of society, such as white working-class men, will stay there as their needs and concerns hold little or no value.
The fact that none of the measures likely to be contained in a new Racial Equality Act are necessary, and that Britain is not institutionally racist, as highlighted by the recent Sewell Report, will be dismissed out of hand as it is at odds with the preconceived narrative.
The racial composition of businesses bidding for government contracts could become a critical factor in who such contracts are awarded to. This has already proved disastrous in countries such as South Africa and Mugabe’s Zimbabwe, as well as Democrat-run states and cities in America such as California and Chicago. So if Net Zero absurdities don’t finish off our standards of living and quality of life, obsessive box-ticking priorities are sure to.
Starmer will be very much a continuity candidate when it comes to most of the biggest issues such as the war in Ukraine and Net Zero. Forget any talk of leaving the ECHR too, a completely unthinkable act for a lawyer such as Starmer, so the immigration tap will remain firmly turned on.
We need to remember, too, that each time the Johnson Government imposed lockdown measures, Starmer’s only criticisms were that the lockdowns hadn’t happened sooner or been stricter. He condemned as premature each occasion when the lockdowns were lifted and wanted another one as recently as December 2021, criticising the Johnson Government as ‘an outlier’ for not falling into line with other countries imposing such restrictions.
No doubt Starmer would sign any proposed ‘World Pandemic Treaty’ with alacrity as he would then, in the time-honoured fashion, be able to claim he was only obeying orders should the WHO demand lockdowns as part of any fresh pandemic or other health scare.
And don’t rule out the vote being handed out to 16- and 17-year-olds. It’s far easier to brainwash those with no real experience of life, who have yet to pay their own bills, taxes, support their own dependents, plus all the other commitments of life, before they find out too late that Socialist Utopia is a destination which is never reached.
This is but a snapshot of the measures an incoming Starmer administration will seek to impose. Plenty of other measures, including further restrictions on free speech under the guise of protection from online harms, are promised too as Labour shadow ministers express dissatisfaction with current measures in the pipeline.
As Peter Hitchens warned us last year (and he has a way of usually being right about these things), once Starmer is in Number Ten we will increasingly come to regard the disastrous Boris Johnson administration as a golden age.
This article appeared in Patrick Clarke’s Column on March 8, 2023, and is republished by kind permission.